Teacher Bethany Lockhart shares her experiences with high-quality materials and how they transformed her approach to teaching.
I'm always thinking about what I need to teach and how to structure my lesson to best support my students.
Until recently, I’d been trying to do this all from scratch, which led to lots of sleepless nights not to mention hours and hours of searching the internet for quality materials to support my instruction.
Recently it hit me: I don't need to create lessons every day in order to support the students in my classroom!
Instead, by knowing the materials in my classroom and understanding my students through formative assessments, I can make adjustments and tweaks to existing resources and best serve my kids without having to recreate the wheel.
By exploring the data and the lessons and units in our curriculum, I can see which standards and skills I need my students to learn.
My sleepless nights should not be in vain! And so I’d love to share 5 tips on how to get to know the materials in your classroom (and why it’s worth your time):
Bethany teaches kindergarten and is a California Core Advocate and a reviewer for EdReports.